HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- From shootings to fire bombings, Holland's ongoing fight against gang activity has received a lot of publicity. However, WZZM 13 is learning of the private struggles for former gang members and the unusual place they're going for help.
For some people, pain in the present is the only way to heal pain from the past. "Shootings, fire bombings," says a former Latin King member who WZZM 13 is calling 'John' to protect his identity. "I'd rather not talk about it."
For John, recovery begins on the outside and works its way in. "I wish I never had any tattoos. I thought it was cool at the time. I was young, dumb."
John's been out of gang life since 2006 and now into the Road Rush tattoo shop, where he's getting help covering his gang tattoos.